I created this video to support the Green Space Campaign at my daughter's primary school. The photos were all taken by me over a time frame of 18 months. I thank The Kinks for their perfect musical backdrop of quintessential Englishness.
A bit more about the campaign:
The Judith Kerr Primary School (JKPS) Green Space Campaign has been set up by the local community to prevent the school’s only playing field being sold off for development by The Dulwich Estate.
The playing field is an integral part of the school, used intensively for sports, play, education, and social events. The school will eventually have 350 children aged 4-11 years. The removal of the only playing field will reduce the outside space available by more than half and remove all green space.
The removal of the playing field will severely restrict the opportunities for education, play and sport for generations of school children. The development will add further congestion to a very busy intersection and its proximity to the school gates will constitute an ongoing safety risk.
The local community needs good schools and the playing field is a vital resource to JKPS to achieve this. The local community and JKPS will be best served now and in the long term by JKPS retaining its playing field.
Why is JKPS’s only playing field at risk of being sold?
JKPS is a state primary school and leases its building and grounds, which includes the only playing field, from The Dulwich Estate.
The Dulwich Estate incorporated an option into the lease allowing it to develop residential housing on the playing field subject to planning permission. If the development is approved, the playing field will be permanently lost to the school.
Read more and take action here.
I love the energy of primary school children, the slightly cheeky, pushing-the-boundary interaction with me, the photographer and their mostly not yet self-conscious enjoyment of the camera. Every moment feels so alive.
I find their excitement contagious. And so I was very much looking forward to the day I spent at Judith Kerr Primary School last November to photograph their school, classes, teaching staff, children and building.
Here are my favorite images.